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Mid Century Facelift

When Craigslist postings started popping up left and right for mid century furniture in Boise, it waas reason enough to investigate further.

What I found was Broadway Vintage – A refuge for unappreciated mid century and Danish Modern finds rescued from estate sales, thrift stores and – as one of the owners recently told me – even bought right off the front porch of houses.

Both inventory and patron were filled with the usual suspects; Eames and Wassily  replicas, Arch lamps, Lane coffee tables and thick-framed, vintage-briefcase-toting hipsters eye balling console tables to house their collection of antique SLR cameras and Jesus and Mary Chain records. Since their arrival on the scene in winter of 2011 I’ve watched as their audience, knowledge and quality of pieces have risen.

I found this hiding in the basement in a room of unfinished pieces on one my first visits.

I enthusiastically made the purchase, deciding to tackle the issue of missing foam later.

A few weeks later I came upon this ottoman at a thrift store.

A perfect mate! Looking past the scuffed legs and disaster of polyester upholstery was challenging but if I  found the right fabric, I new I could resurrect it.

Out came the staples and off came the legs.

I toyed with color choices – first red, then matte grey, but ultimately  the clean modern lines wanted themselves a little satin black.

Before I proceed it is imperative that I explain the tragedy of photo quality is thanks to the suicide of my camera.

Boo. Boo hoo hoo.

But the show must go on.

Ta-da!

That’s a wrap, folks.

xx SP

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Hey you. Not so fast. Where’s the fire?!

Everywhere, apparently.

E.ver.y.where.

From Idaho to Colorado to Utah to New Mexico and back again; a constant and relentless stream of blazes have lured Special Man Friend off our shady porch and into the desert so many times that I have almost stopped asking ‘hey,  WHERE’S THE FIRE?!” Almost. OK I still ask.

In fact, I’ve come to realize that I usually have a better idea of where in the world he is and when he’ll be home than he does. Thanks obviously goes to internet intuition.

And for a self-proclaimed hater of all photos, he’s become somewhat of a media daahhhling these past few weeks, thanks to CNN and Utah evening news interviews.

Idaho City Hot Shots. photo: Kari Greer

Despite our despicably short and sparse R&R days, we have still managed to squeeze in every morsel of summer-in-Idaho goodness when he gets to come home.

and then there are the Special Man walnut waffles.

And lastly – the ultimate act of chivalry – showing he still thinks of his Suite Potato and her style whilst battling the forces of mother nature….

A beautiful, bleached, perfectly-intact deer shed.

Naturally, i found a new home for him immediately.

Shizam!

Talk about living on the edge. You think fighting fires is scary – try sleeping under a 6-point, poorly secured deer shed every night.

I kid, I kid.

It’s well secured. Isn’t it? Wait, is it? What if it’s not. I don’t know. Now I’m not sure. I should go check. I’m going to go check.

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Stay safe and cool out there, tater tots!

xx SP

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Winging It.

I love a good chair. I love a good pattern. I love a good before/after challenge.

So when a client approached me with the task of outfitting her new living room – building off of just one sofa – It was clear that I had my work cut out for me.

To me, the immediately obvious set-up yearned for a fabulous pair of patterned wing-back chairs. Luckily for me, Tayler was all-too willing to hop on board with the funky train so very little convincing was necessary – although a bit of fabulous inspiration board-sharing was still compulsory.

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With my mission clear, I set sail on the Craigslist seas in search of the perfect fixer-uppers and came upon these steal-of-a-deals and started to brainstorm upholstry….

Tayler was particularly fond of their somewhat squatty stature…

…(although the novelty of their petiteness waned slightly upon the sit-test performed by her not-so-petite but oh-so-tolerant husband. All 6″7 of him).

I’ve been big on contrast backing so we decided to really go for it here with a green and white chevron and bold grey ikat. This took some major faith and visualization.

“Yuk!” Exclaimed a judgy Mamma Sally.  “I don’t get it.” stated a perplexed Special Man Friend.

Don’t worry. Both statements were immediately retracted when I pulled these puppies out of my car three weeks later.

BAM!

And all the elements fall into place….

So, to review:

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Bar Stools – Before/After

My lovely friend Courtney of Fancy Pants ever-so-kindly handed off these little doozies to me last summer.

And I finally figured out what to do with them.

Shizzzzam! Semi-gloss black. Twine-wrapped accents.

Before/After

Now for sale in SUITE POTATO at FORGET ME NOTS.

xx

SP

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Alright. I Suppose You’ve Waited Long Enough.

Do you know what day it is?

It’s announcement day.

Suite Potato announcement day.

After months of sanding, stapling, upholstering, paint spilling, Excel spreadsheeting,,,,

We’ve got ourselves a shop front!

Thanks to the lovely, clever minds at Forget Me Not Antiques in Hyde Park, Suite Potato has a cozy new home!

Located in the lower level of Forget Me Not’s, Suite Potato is slowly staking its ground as one by one, pieces reach completion.

Best of all? We have our very own private studio space! No more clearing the sawdust and blurring the lines between work space and living space. (I think I hear my landlord rejoicing in the distance).

More before and after space renovation pictures to come as I continue to build my inventory, brand and aesthetic.

You know when one good omen can change the entire scope of a project?

Well last week (immediately after opening) I sold my first in-store pieces.

Yeah. That’s right.

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So come check it out!

Suite Potato Style @

Forget Me Not Antiques

1615 North 13th Street  (Hyde Park) – across from 13th St Pub & Grill

– Lower Level –

Boise, ID 83702

Store Hours: MON – SAT 11 – 5pm

Suite Potato special viewings available by appointment.

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So get goin’!

xx SP

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Peek-a-Boo Dresser

Well friends, it’s complete. So let’s review.

Sanded…

Primed, painted, contemplated, contemplated, contemplated….

Then I painted again, and again. Then i took a sander to the edges like I was mad at it.

The base paint used was semi-gloss black and several top coats of black chalk paint were applied to the front of the dresser drawers.

Chalk paint is primed by smearing chalk across newly painted surface and then wiped clean with soap and water. Then let the chalking commence!

You see that? That’s attention to detail, baby. We’re talkin’ patterned lined drawers. Scented patterned lined drawers. You’re welcome.

Oh, and peek-a-boo. The sides were painted using a pale turquoise milk paint.

Viola.

And there you have it.

Recap:

Before    /      After

xx SP

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Earn Your Stripes.

I’ve had this table for months and I saw its potential from the very beginning but only recently conjured up the follow-through with my mission.

Sitting not-so-pretty atop an old bath mat once upon a time while I debated my options.

So I sanded down the little guy and gave him a smooth little primer coat, tightened the loose legs and then painted that sucker black!

But I didn’t stop there. No, I didn’t stop there. He called out to me.

“Give me stripes!” he whaled. “STRIPES!”

So I did. I gave him stripes.

Bold white Beetle Juice stripes.

And the table was happy.

                                      before                                   /                                after.

xx SP

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